Originally posted by 9erempire:
He's also starting to lose fans due to his deceitful press conferences. I don't know if I can trust what Harbaugh says anymore due to the handling of the offseason move for Manning and taking away the starting job of a player that got injured.
I think the locker room may have lost some respect in this regards.
Where's his integrity? I know the NFL is a business but the players are "49er players" and he's broken many unwritten rules when it comes to sports. These are grown men and you can't treat grown men like college kids.
If this game was about making sure nobody got their feelings hurt, or being fair, then nobody would want to watch.
From day 1 Harbaugh has established the culture here, which is competition. Every man on the team has to outplay the other to keep his job. Alex got hurt, and that sucks for him, but Kaepernick is playing better. I personally think making a QB change this late in the season is a very odd move for a SB contender, but we seem to have gotten even better from this, so its hard to argue.
This isnt an issue of integrity. Harbaugh is going to put this team in the best position to win at all times. We wouldve been a better team with Manning, which is why we tried to get him. Were playing even better with Kaepernick, which is why hes the starter. Loyalty in the NFL is for losers. The best player should get the playing time.
Maybe certain players feel bad that Alex lost his job, but none of them think its unfair. Each and every one of the guys on the team is subject to losing their job in the right opportunity.
In the NFL, the best chance to win always wins out. If Smith gave us a better chance to win, hed be playing. Obviously Harbaugh feels differently at this point, and judging by what hes done so far, I think its best not to question his methods.